Samsung earlier launched its own assistant to take on the likes of the Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. Now, the firm will be releasing a huge update to it with Bixby 2.0. The firm initially announced Bixby 2.0 last year, and today Samsung's Gary G. Lee, head of Samsung Research's AI Center, shared more on the upcoming update.
Lee focused primarily on the AI functionality of Bixby, as is his remit, telling the Korean Herald that Bixby will gain enhanced natural language processing, improved noise resistance, and faster response times for a more natural voice control experience.
Samsung had earlier revealed that Bixby 2.0 will integrate with technology powered by Viv - another AI platform that the firm acquired from the creators of Siri. It is likely that these updates to Bixby 2.0 are powered by Viv technology, providing the capacity for parsing more complex commands and phrasing from its users. Select developers have been able to test their apps against its SDK for months now.
“Bixby 2.0 will introduce deep linking capabilities, and enhanced natural language abilities — to better recognize individual users, and create a predictive, personalized experience that better anticipate their needs,” Samsung said last year to VentureBeat, as they announced the update.
We also know that Bixby 2.0 will make its debut on the Galaxy Note9, Samsung's second major flagship release this year. The firm will most likely retain its much-maligned Bixby button on its flagship as it continues to push Bixby on its smartphones, aiming to connect 14 million units of its smart products to Bixby this year - and all by 2020.